Author Archives: Ron Conte

Restorationism is just a form of Sedevacantism

Sedevacantists accuse the recent Popes of heresy, and so reject them as invalid popes or antipopes. Restorationists accuse the recent Popes of heresy, claim to accept them as valid popes, but in word and deed reject them just as if … Continue reading

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Supreme Papal Authority is the Ancient Constant Teaching of the Church

Part One — What the First Vatican Council taught on the supreme authority of the Roman Pontiff was nothing new, but only a clear and definitive expression of the ancient and constant teaching of the Church. Vatican I did not … Continue reading

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The Foolish Wording of Michael Moore’s proposed 28th Amendment

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore has proposed and submitted to the U.S. Congress his suggestion for an amendment to the Constitution restricting firearms and repealing the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. My commentary (marked with a tilde … Continue reading

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Fr. Janvier Gbénou versus Pope Francis part one

Fr. Janvier has publicly repeatedly accused Pope Francis of grave error and heresy, and of being a “fake pope”, and he has refused to accept correction from his religious order, Opus Dei, and from the Apostolic See. According to LifeSiteNews, … Continue reading

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A Defense of the true spirit of Vatican I

One technique that the restorationists use to undermine magisterial teaching, whether of Vatican I, Vatican II, or the post-Vatican II liturgy, is storytelling. They focus on particular individuals, painting them as theological villains, and claiming that these persons influenced the … Continue reading

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The Alleged false spirit of Vatican I

The Lies of the Restorationists: a false spirit of Vatican I The restorationists are those who wish to wipe away everything since Vatican II, and return to an alleged past version of the Catholic Church. However, what they imagine the … Continue reading

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Democracy, Abortion, Guns and other Stuff

On Thursday, 23 June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued the opinion called “Bruen”, asserting the following: “New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right … Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade overturned by Supreme Court

“Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” Decision was 6-3. Biden’s Solicitor General argued in Dobbs (a … Continue reading

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What Restorationism Seeks, Beyond Rejecting Vatican II

Pope Francis describes a certain problem that has taken deep root within traditionalism, especially in the United States. Pope Francis: “Restorationism has come on the scene to gag the Council. The number of “restorationist” groups—for example, there are many in … Continue reading

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Heresy: That Marital Union Continues In Heaven

Marriage, whether merely natural or the supernatural Sacrament of holy Matrimony, ends with the death of either or both spouses. That is why a widow or widower may validly and licitly remarry in the Church. Marriage in this life, whether … Continue reading

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The Indefectibility of the Pope, the body of Bishops, and the Church

Between the first and second Ecumenical Councils of the Church, the heresy of Arianism raged. The Roman Pontiffs remained always faithful, as did the body of Bishops. Do not believe the distorted tales told about that time. Sometimes faithful Catholics … Continue reading

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Reply to Mike Lewis on Assent to Ordinary Teachings

Mike Lewis, on his substack “Mike Lewis Extra,” wrote a post titled “Once more with feeling”, subtitled: Authentic Church teaching does not depend on how I feel about it. There are some good points in that post, but the piece … Continue reading

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